Madinah is the second most religious place that is regarded very highly in Islam. Millions of people pave their way to this beautiful holy city for religious purposes and/or to visit the most astounding tourist attractions in Madinah that add to its flamboyance. Though most of the people flood this pious place during their Hajj or Umrah pilgrimage, many also contribute to enhance its tourism by viewing some of the most exotic tourist spots and famous mosques in the district.
Al-Masjid An Nabawi is the foremost place that most people visit on their trip to Madinah. There are many more amazing places that must be added to your list:
It is the first mosque established by the Prophet (PBUH) after his arrival in Madinah. It is the second most sacred place for Muslims after Masjid-ul-Haram. Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) is also buried at this spot under the green dome that has become the landmark of Masjid-e-Nabawi.
2. The Holy Quran Exhibition
The Prophet’s mosque in Madinah is surrounded by multiple exhibitions and one of the most fascinating ones is the Holy Quran Exhibition. A crowd favorite inside is an ancient Afghani manuscript of the Quran. This manuscript weighs over 154 kg and is said to be one of the largest handwritten copies of the Quran.
Jannat-ul-Baqi is the graveyard of Madinah where several companions, wives and daughters of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) are buried. These include Hazrat Usman, Hazrat Abbas and Imam Hassan-(RA). The first person to be buried in Al-Baqi was As’ad Bin Zararah (RA), an Ansari companion who died soon after the Prophet‘s (PBUH) migration to Madinah. The Prophet (PBUH) chose this spot to be a cemetery. Uthman bin Mazoun (RA) was the first among Muhajirun (Emigrants) buried here who died shortly after the Prophet (PBUH) returned from the Battle of Badr.
4. Quba Mosque
Quba Mosque is one of the few must-visit places in Madinah in religious reference. It is the second largest and prestigious mosque in Madinah after the Prophet’s (PBUH) Mosque. One of the oldest mosques in Madinah, the sanctity of Masjid Quba lies in the fact that it was founded by the Prophet (PBUH) himself after migrating from Makkah. It is the first mosque built in Islam.
5. Quba Fort
Located a stone’s throw away from Masjid Quba, this ottoman era fort is reminiscent of a bygone time. It has recently has been restored and is largely believed to have been used a military garrison in its heydays. It is, however, not open to tourists yet.
6. Mount Uhud
It is located five kilometres north of Madinah and it is the same place where the Battle of Uhud took place between Muslims and Quraysh of Makkhan in 3rd Hijri. After the humiliating defeat in the Battle of Badr to a much smaller Muslim army, Quraysh assembled a huge army to take revenge. This place is also the burial ground of Hamza (RA), Prophet’s (PBUH) uncle and other travel companions of the Prophet. Presently, you will find a tiny market on this mountain.
7. Masjid Al-Qiblatain
The structural design and art of this lovely mosque has a conventional pattern and is also famous for its twin Mihrabs and a huge prayer hall. A visit to this holy mosque will indeed give you a rich memorable experience. In this mosque, Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) received the command from Allah (SWT) to change the Qibla from Masjid e Aqsa(Jerusalem) to Kaaba (Makkah), after which Muslims began to pray in the direction of the Kaaba. These verses of Surah al-Baqarah were revealed when the Prophet (PBUH) was leading his companions during prayers:
8. Garden of Hazrat Salman Farsi (RA)
It is the place where Prophet Muhammad planted three hundred date palms to free Salman Farsi (RA) from slavery. He was a Persian slave who belonged to a rich family but was sold in the slave market and taken to Yathrib. One of the best travel places in Madinah, this garden is located near Masjid Quba. The garden still has those date palms and grows tons of dates. Do visit the garden on your trip to Madinah.
9. Madina Media Museum
The Medina Museum will truly astonish you if you are interested in knowing the Islamic history. One should definitely pay a visit to this museum while on a trip to Madinah. In the museum, there are many artefacts that will give you a deeper insight into the rise of Islam and various events that followed. First specialized museum in Madinah, it showcases the rich history and culture of the city while also recounting the life of Prophet Muhammad.
10. Al-Madina Museum
Located on King Abdul Aziz Road in Madinah Knowledge Economic City, this is the first and the oldest museum in Madinah dedicated to the history of Islam. The outstanding museum depicts the rich Islamic heritage as well as the varied culture that will take you back in the historic era with its striking images and paintings. The museum also recounts the details about the life of the Prophet Muhammad publishing periodicals and holding seminars on the history and culture of the city.
11. Masjid Al-Ahzaab (Masjid Al-Fath)
Masjid Al-Ahzaab, situated at the western corner of Jabal Sala. The place where this mosque is located is same where the enemies attacked Madinah. Prophet made Doa here during the battle of Ahzaab and Allah sent him glad tidings of victory. During the battle, a tunnel or a trench was formed to save the Muslims.
12. Wadi e Jinn – Al Baida
Wadi Al-Baida is located about 41 kilometres from northwest of Madinah. The valley is believed to have a mysterious effect as the cars move here without drivers driving them. Because of this bewitching phenomenon, this valley draws a million people every year from all parts of the world. Locals believe that this is because of the power of the Jinn present in the valley and even claim that they have heard voices saying, “You don’t belong here. This is our place”. However, geologists have called this phenomenon the effect of reverse gravity, also evident in other regions of the Kingdom including Asir and Najran.
13.The Desert at Mada’ in Saleh
If you have never gone to a desert then exploring this exotic and beautiful desert at Madinah Saleh would be a great idea. One of the most exotic sightseeing of the entire Kingdom of Saudi Arabia could be done only if you leave early in the morning. Once a thriving city along ancient spice route, it is now a UNESCO World Heritage site, consisting of about hundred monumental tombs and thousands of graves with inscriptions and cave drawings. These monumental tombs are some of the best-preserved remains of the lost Nabataean Kingdom.
14. Old Market Madinah
On your visit to Madinah, a place that holds high religious significance, you must be wishing to take back souvenirs for family and friends as this place holds. You can visit the Old Market in Madinah to purchase gifts for family and friends to take back home. Visiting Old Bazaar is an out-of-the-world experience as you look for the souvenirs, Islamic designs and unique Arabian products, it is crowded at all times. It is a great place to explore during the weekends.
15. Hejaz Railway Museum
The legendary Hejaz Railway once ran from Damascus all the way till Madinah. This railway station was the last stop on the iconic railway line. Once used by thousand at its peak, the railway station has been converted into a museum and thrown open to tourists. A few interesting artifacts can be found here including rare manuscripts and age-old war weapons.